“Dhritarashtra said, ‘O holy one, I did not like this business ofgambling, but, O Muni, I think, I was made to consent to it drawn byfate! Neither Bhishma, nor Drona, nor Vidura, nor Gandhari liked thisgame at dice. No doubt, it was begot of folly. And, O thou who delightestin the observance of vows, O illustrious one, knowing everything yetinfluenced by paternal affection, I am unable to cast off my senselessson, Duryodhana!’
Vaisampayana continued,–“Commanded by the Lord of justice to thus spendin disguise the thirteenth year of non-discovery, the high-souled
Vaisampayana continued,–“Then agreeable to the words of the Yaksha thePandavas rose up; and in a moment their hunger and thirst left them.
Vaisampayana said, “Yudhishthira saw his brothers, each possessed of theglory of Indra himself, lying dead like the Regents of the world droppedfrom their spheres at the end of the Yuga.
Yudhishthira said, “There is no limit to calamities. Nor is it possibleto ascertain either their final or efficient cause. It is the Lord ofjustice alone who distributeth the fruits of both virtue and vice.
Janamejaya said, “Having felt great affliction on account of theabduction of their wife and having rescued Krishna thereafter, what didthe Pandavas next do?”
Vaisampayana said, “And when the king of the celestials presented himselfin the guise of a Brahmana, beholding him, Kama said, ‘Welcome!’
Vaisampayana said, “And it came to pass that at this time a Suta namedAdhiratha, who was a friend of Dhritarashtra, came to the river Ganga,accompanied by his wife.
Vaisampayana said, “It was, O lord of earth, on the first day of thelighted fortnight during the tenth month of the year that Prithaconceived a son like the lord himself of the stars in the firmament.
Vaisampayana said, “Although that noble girl addressed him in varioussweet words, yet she was unable to dissuade that deity of a thousandrays.